Is this the future of dining? Cipriani in NYC tests waiters in face shields and protective gloves serving masked diners while bars and restaurants across the city sell booze and food to customers on the streets (22 Pics)

One of New York’s iconic restaurants is trialing what could be the future of restaurant eating where waiters wear face shields and masks.
On Wednesday Cipriani Downtown in Soho ran a test service where three waiters were seen decked out in protective personal equipment, serving two individuals sitting at tables wearing face masks and plastic gloves.
When photographer Tim Fadek passed by and asked what the group was doing they identified themselves as the management of the ritzy restaurant and said they were ‘trying something out’, according to Grub Street.
Downtown Cipriani in New York City is trialing having waiters wear face shields and face masks as they serve gloved patrons
Downtown Cipriani in New York City is trialing having waiters wear face shields and face masks as they serve gloved patrons
Managers testing out new service guidelines above on Wednesday at Cipriani Downtown in Soho
Managers testing out new service guidelines above on Wednesday at Cipriani Downtown in Soho
When photographer Tim Fadek passed by and asked what the group was doing they identified themselves as the management of the ritzy restaurant and said they were ¿trying something out¿
When photographer Tim Fadek passed by and asked what the group was doing they identified themselves as the management of the ritzy restaurant and said they were ‘trying something out’
Staff were seen wearing both surgical style masks and full plastic face coverings as they prepare for businesses post-coronavirus
Staff were seen wearing both surgical style masks and full plastic face coverings as they prepare for businesses post-coronavirus 
The exterior of the upscale Soho restaurant pictured above
The exterior of the upscale Soho restaurant pictured above
Fadek has been photographing Chinatown, Soho and the Upper East Side amid the coronavirus crisis and says this is the first time he’s seen a restaurant test out dining-in service.
‘Our exchange was limited but they didn’t seem to be too excited about talking to me,’ Fadek said.
In the apparent test service all guests and workers were wearing PPE.
New York has been on lockdown since March and restaurants restricted to pick up and delivery service only.
New York state continues to have the greatest number of infections in the country at over 356,000 cases and 23,083 deaths.
Cipriani isn't the only New York eatery rolling out unique measures to protect customers and staff when lockdown lifts.
Brooklyn Chop House, in Manhattan's Financial District, has installed protective plexi-glass screens between tables to keep customers and staff safe
Brooklyn Chop House, in Manhattan's Financial District, has installed protective plexi-glass screens between tables to keep customers and staff safe 
The restaurant has unveiled a number of safety measures ahead of the NYC's reopening next month
The restaurant has unveiled a number of safety measures ahead of the NYC's reopening next month


Brooklyn Chop House, in Manhattan's Financial District, unveiled new guidelines in operations where diners will be required to wear masks and have their temperatures taken upon arrival by medical detectors that have been converted into full-body thermometers.
Tables will be separated by protective plexi-glass partitions and servers will wear bucket hats with shields down to the breastbone.
As of May 20, seven of New York’s ten regions will have begun a four-phase reopening process: Capital District, Central New York, the Finger Lakes, the Mohawk Valley, the North Country, the Southern Tier, and Western New York.
Meanwhile, frustrated New Yorkers have been spotted removing their masks to take a drink in the streets as lockdown in the city enters its tenth week and more bars reopen their doors for takeout cocktail service (Eli's Nigh Shift in NYC)
Meanwhile, frustrated New Yorkers have been spotted removing their masks to take a drink in the streets as lockdown in the city enters its tenth week and more bars reopen their doors for takeout cocktail service (Eli's Nigh Shift in NYC)
Patrons drink outside Kurant Kitchen & Wine Bar located at 1091 2nd Avenue in the Upper East Side in New York City on May 21, 2020
Patrons drink outside Kurant Kitchen & Wine Bar located at 1091 2nd Avenue in the Upper East Side in New York City on May 21, 2020
Patrons drink outside Treadwell Park located at 1125 1st Avenue in the Upper East Side in New York City on May 21, 2020
Patrons drink outside Treadwell Park located at 1125 1st Avenue in the Upper East Side in New York City on May 21, 2020
Business at bars along Manhattan Avenue in Williamsburg in Brooklyn starts to pick up as patrons start the Memorial Day Weekend
Business at bars along Manhattan Avenue in Williamsburg in Brooklyn starts to pick up as patrons start the Memorial Day Weekend
Business at bars along Manhattan Avenue in Williamsburg in Brooklyn starts to pick up
Business at bars along Manhattan Avenue in Williamsburg in Brooklyn starts to pick up
But New York City, Long Island, and Mid-Hudson remain on lockdown.
In order to even meet the requirement to reopen a region must meet seven health-related benchmarks including a 14-day decline in COVID-19 hospitalizations and deaths, 15 or fewer total new confirmed cases of COVID-19, and fewer than two new patients admitted to hospitals per 100,000 residents, among other requirements.
Mayor Bill de Blasio has estimated that the city will meet the state’s reopening criteria sometime in the first half of June.
In the four phase reopening plan, restaurants and other food-service businesses won’t reopen for dine-in services until Phase Three.
People slide their masks down their faces so they can swig from a drink outside Yuca Bar in East Village Wednesday night
People slide their masks down their faces so they can swig from a drink outside Yuca Bar in East Village Wednesday night
In Upper West Side, people gather outside Cafe Du Soleil. New Yorkers are removing their masks to take a drink in the streets as lockdown in the city enters its tenth week and more bars reopen their doors for takeout cocktail service
In Upper West Side, people gather outside Cafe Du Soleil. New Yorkers are removing their masks to take a drink in the streets as lockdown in the city enters its tenth week and more bars reopen their doors for takeout cocktail service
A group of friends cheers their drinks outside The Spotted Owl Tavern in Manhattan's Alphabet City
A group of friends cheers their drinks outside The Spotted Owl Tavern in Manhattan's Alphabet City
People ignore social distancing as they gather close to the entrance to the hatch at Yuca Bar for a takeout drink
People ignore social distancing as they gather close to the entrance to the hatch at Yuca Bar for a takeout drink
Outside the popular Skinny Bar and Lounge in East Village the party appeared to be in full swing, with a group gathered out the front reveling in the balmy spring evening
Outside the popular Skinny Bar and Lounge in East Village the party appeared to be in full swing, with a group gathered out the front reveling in the balmy spring evening
A couple is seen kissing through their face masks outside The Skinny Bar and Lounge Wednesday night
A couple is seen kissing through their face masks outside The Skinny Bar and Lounge Wednesday night 
Cafe Du Soleil in  Broadway offers takeout drinks. In New York City alone, lockdown has thrown the jobs of more than 150,000 people working in restaurants and bars into jeopardy
Cafe Du Soleil in  Broadway offers takeout drinks. In New York City alone, lockdown has thrown the jobs of more than 150,000 people working in restaurants and bars into jeopardy
A drinker wears protective gloves to hold his plastic cup of beer in New York on Wednesday
A drinker wears protective gloves to hold his plastic cup of beer in New York on Wednesday 
The streets were busy in Manhattan as people gathered for a drink after working from home
The streets were busy in Manhattan as people gathered for a drink after working from home 
Meanwhile, frustrated New Yorkers have been spotted removing their masks to take a drink in the streets as lockdown in the city enters its tenth week and more bars reopen their doors for takeout cocktail service. 
Residents in the Big Apple were seen gathering outside bars and restaurants Wednesday night, tempted by the rising temperatures and seeking a way to relax while they grow increasingly weary of isolating inside their homes.  
Public drinking is strictly prohibited in the state and offenders can be slapped with fines, but the pandemic has sparked a defiance among many residents who - unable to sit inside bars or restaurants - are setting up shop outside them.
More restaurants and bars have started reopening and turning to takeout beers and cocktails in recent weeks as a way to keep the lights on as New York City has not yet reached all the requirements necessary for a safe reopening of non-essential businesses.
For some New Yorkers the global health crisis seemed to be a distant memory as they enjoyed a drink with friends outside the city's bars and restaurants Wednesday night.
Photos show drinkers gathered outside outside East Village favorite Yuca Bar , where people slid their masks down their faces so they could swig from beers in plastic cups. 
Many were ignoring social distancing guidelines as they gathered close together at the entrance to the hatch serving takeout drinks. 
It was a similar story across all parts of Manhattan, with New Yorkers in Upper East Side - some wearing masks and some not - seen propping up the doorway to Eli's Essentials like a bar. 
Meanwhile, a group of friends were seen doing a cheers with their drinks outside The Spotted Owl Tavern in Manhattan's Alphabet City.  

Is this the future of dining? Cipriani in NYC tests waiters in face shields and protective gloves serving masked diners while bars and restaurants across the city sell booze and food to customers on the streets (22 Pics) Is this the future of dining? Cipriani in NYC tests waiters in face shields and protective gloves serving masked diners while bars and restaurants across the city sell booze and food to customers on the streets (22 Pics) Reviewed by STATION GOSSIP on 02:25 Rating: 5

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